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Q. Who among the following is the Former Co-Chief executive Officer(CEO) of Oracle passed away recently?
(a) Jeffrey S. Berg
(b) Lawrence J. Ellison
(c) Mark Hurd
(d) Safra A. Catz
(e) Jeffrey O. Henley
Explaination: Former Co-Chief executive Officer(CEO) of Oracle Mark Hurd, passed away. He was previously served as chairman, CEO, and president of Hewlett-Packard (HP).
Q. Which of the following team win the 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2019?
(b) Great Britain
(e) New Zealand
Explaination: Great Britain defeated India in the finals by 2-1 in the 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2019, an international men’s under-21 field hockey tournament, was held at Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Q. IIT Kharagpur graduate Debayan Saha has invented a device called ______________ which he claimed when fitted near the silencer pipe in vehicles will curb air pollution.
(a) PM 2.5
(b) PM 3.5
(c) PM 4.5
(d) PM 5.5
(e) PM 6.5
Explaination: IIT Kharagpur graduate Debayan Saha has invented a device called “PM 2.5” which he claimed when fitted near the silencer pipe in vehicles will curb air pollution.
Q. Which country won the ownership of the North Korean vessel that was seized for violating the sanctions?
(b) South Korea
Explaination: The United States has been granted the ownership of a North Korean vessel “The Wise Honest” that was seized earlier for violating the international sanctions. This vessel is one of the largest cargo ships in North Korea’s fleet.
Q. Which badminton player recently supported the ‘Bharat Ki Laxmi’ campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
(a) Saina Nehwal
(b) Jwala Gutta
(c) PV Sindhu
(d) Ashwini Ponappa
Explaination: Indian badminton player PV Sindhu has supported the ‘Bharat Ki Laxmi’ campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She released a video in which Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone is also supporting the campaign.
Q. The India-Myanmar Naval Exercise called IMNEX-2019 is being organised in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The opening ceremony of the second edition of Indo-Myanmar joint naval exercise was conducted onboard _______________.
(a) INS Ranvijay
(b) INS Arihant
(c) INS Arighat
(d) INS Kalvari
(e) INS Vikramaditya
Explaination: The opening ceremony of the second edition of Indo-Myanmar joint naval exercise was conducted onboard INS Ranvijay.
Q. Which city will host the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)?
(a) New Delhi
Explaination: The 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) will be hosted by Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan from 25-26 October 2019.
Q. Which of the following badminton pair win the mixed doubles title at the Egypt International 2019 in Cairo, Egypt?
(a) Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa
(b) Navaneeth Bokka and Sahithi Bandi
(c) Dhruv Rawat and Kuhoo Garg
(d) Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar
(e) Venkat Gaurav and Juhi Dewangan
Explaination: Kuhoo Garg and Dhruv Rawat win the badminton mixed doubles title at the Egypt International 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.
Q. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a book titled ____________ in New Delhi. The book has been authored by N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Roopa Purushothaman Eminent industrialist.
(a) Sakshi Bhaav
(b) Convenient Action: Continuity for Change
(c) Exam Warriors
(d) Bridgital Nation
Explaination: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a book titled ‘Bridgital Nation’ in New Delhi. The book has been authored by N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Roopa Purushothaman Eminent industrialist.
Q. Which country has stopped the postal services with India?
Explaination: Pakistan has stopped postal mail services between the two countries. This has happened for the first time in history after the partition of India and Pakistan. Despite so much tension between the two countries, this service was never stopped
Q. The Government Employees of which Union Territory will now get all 7th CPC Allowances from 31st October 2019?
(b) Jammu & Kashmir
(c) Arunachal Pradesh
(d) Daman & Diu
Explaination: Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently approved the proposal wherein the Government employees of Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will now get all 7th CPC allowances with effect from October 31, 2019.
Q. Naruhito formally ascended to the throne as the Emperor of which country?
Explaination: Emperor Naruhito was formally ascended to the throne on October 22, 2019 in an elaborate ceremony, which was attended by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. Emperor Naruhito began his reign in May 2019 itself after the then- Emperor Akihito abdicated the throne.
Q. Who among the following has been recently appointed as the new chairman of Indian Banks’ Association?
(a) K Eswar
(b) B Raj Kumar
(c) K Ramachandran
(d) Rakesh Sharma
(e) Rajnish Kumar
Explaination: SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar has been appointed as the new chairman of Indian Banks’ Association. He will succeed Sunil Mehta, who was the MD & CEO of Punjab National Bank.
Q. Two-day long manoeuvres by Sudarshan Chakra Vahini of Indian Army Started at _________________ field firing range in Rajasthan.
Explaination: Two-day long manoeuvres by Sudarshan Chakra Vahini of Indian Army Started at Jaisalmer, field firing range in Rajasthan. In this war exercise, the army is going to exhibit its strength regarding Agni Missile and artillery.
Q. Who among the following has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Nicaragua?
(a) Upender Singh Rawat
(b) B Shyam
(c) Ausaf Sayeed
(d) Anil Kumar Rai
(e) Sanjay Panda
Explaination: The Ministry of External Affairs appoints Upender Singh Rawat (IFS: 1998), Ambassador of India designate to the Republic of Panama will be concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Nicaragua.
Q. Indian cyclist _______________ bagged a gold medal in the men’s junior Keirin event at the Asian Track Cycling Championships being held at Incheon in South Korea?
(a) Naman Kapil
(b) Krishna Nayakodi
(c) Ronaldo Singh
(d) James Singh
(e) Deborah Herold
Explaination: Indian cyclist Ronaldo Singh bagged a gold medal in the men’s junior Keirin event at the Asian Track Cycling Championships being held at Incheon in South Korea.
Q. Name the bridge who was recenlty inauguarted by defence minister Rajnath Singh in the forward area of Ladakh region.
(a) Naranarayan Setu
(b) Nivedita Setu
(c) Vikramshila Setu
(d) Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu
(e) Vidyasagar Setu
Explaination: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu (Bridge) which has been constructed at an altitude of 14,650 feet in the forward area of Ladakh region.
Q. Which among the following parties is set to form a minority government in Canada?
(a) New Democratic Party
(b) Bloc Québécois
(c) Liberal Party
(d) Conservative Party
Explaination: Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party is likely to get the maximum seats in the Canadian general election 2019 but is projected to fall short of majority. The party will most likely form a minority government in the nation.
Q. The Defence Acquisition Council has approved capital procurement worth how many crores?
(a) Rs 3300
(b) Rs 6500
(c) Rs 4300
(d) Rs 2700
Explaination: The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement of indigenously designed and developed equipment worth over Rs 3,300 crore for the Indian armed forces.
Q. Which of the following country recently removed from the “Grey List” of the international terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF)?
(e) Sri Lanka
Explaination: Sri Lanka has been removed from the “Grey List” of the international terror financing watchdog FATF. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), whose five-day plenary concluded in Paris, France stated that Sri Lanka made significant progress in addressing the strategic AML/CFT deficiencies identified earlier.
Q. Which of the following day is observed as the “World Statistics Day”?
(a) October 17
(b) October 18
(c) October 19
(d) October 20
(e) October 21
Explaination: World Statistics Day is observed on October 20, once every 5 years. The next World statistics Day celebrates on 20 October 2020.
Q. Which Indian cricketer has created a new record of hitting the most number of sixes in a bilateral Test series?
(a) Virat Kohli
(b) Ravindra Jadeja
(c) Ajinkya Rahane
(d) Rohit Sharma
Explaination: Rohit Sharma has created a new record of hitting the most number of sixes in a bilateral Test series. Sharma with a total of 19 sixes in the India vs South Africa series surpassed West Indies’ batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who had held the record previously with 15 sixes.
Q. Who among the following Writer, philosopher and founder members of Dalitha Sangharsha Samithi (DSS) passed away recently?
(a) KB Siddaiah
(b) Waman Meshram
(c) Avtar Singh Karimpuri
(d) Kapil Muni Karwariya
(e) Veer Singh
Explaination: Writer and philosopher K.B. Siddaiah passed away. He was one of the founder members of Dalitha Sangharsha Samithi (DSS) during the ’80s and co-authored many songs to inspire the movement.
Q. Which state has topped the list of crimes against women as per the latest report released by NCRB?
(b) Uttar Pradesh
Explaination: National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released a report on criminal cases happened in India. The report reveals that in India has registered total 3,59,849 cases in 2017-18. While Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 56,011 cases, Maharashtra (31979 cases) and West Bengal (30,002 cases) appeared on the second and third positions in the list.
Q. The Vice President Shri Venkaiyah Naidu presented the “Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award” to the scholar, legal luminary and former Attorney General of India ______________.
(a) Vani Murthy
(b) Sandeep Desai
(c) Omkar Nath Sharma
(d) Alok Sagar
(e) K Parasaran
Explaination: The Vice President Shri Venkaiyah Naidu presented the “Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award” to the scholar, legal luminary and former Attorney General of India K Parasaran.
Top GK Current Affairs in Short 23-10-2019 One Liners
18th NAM Summit: Baku, Azerbaijan
18th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is scheduled to take place at Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan from 25-26 October 2019.
- The 18th NAM Summit will be preceded by the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting on 23-24 October and Senior Officials Meeting on 21-22 October 2019.
- The Summit will consider the report of Preparatory Ministerial Meeting, review the progress achieved in the implementation of outcomes of 17th Summit held in 2016 and conclude with the adoption of the Baku Declaration.
- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a forum of 120 developing world states that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.
World’s oldest known natural pearl discovered on Abu Dhabi Island
The oldest known natural pearl in the world has been discovered by Abu Dhabi archaeologists working at a Neolithic site on Marawah Island.
- Dubbed the ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl’, it was found in layers that have been radiocarbon dated to 5,800-5,600 BCE, during the Neolithic period.
- The Emirates News Agency said that the discovery is a proof that pearls and oysters were being used in the UAE nearly 8,000 years ago, and represents the earliest known evidence for pearling yet discovered anywhere in the world.
- Prior to the Abu Dhabi Pearl discovery, the earliest known pearl in the UAE came from a Neolithic site in Umm Al Qaiwain.
World’s highest battlefield Siachen now open to tourists
Centre announced that the world’s highest battlefield Siachen has been open to tourists.
- The entire stretch from Siachen base camp to Kumar Post has been thrown open for tourism.
- The move will give a boost to tourism in Ladakh and allow people to appreciate the tough work done by Army jawans and engineers in extreme weather and inhospitable terrains.
- The Siachen Glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range is known as the highest militarized zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.
President Kovind attend Japan’s Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony
President Ram Nath Kovind attended the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito.
- Naruhito is the 126th monarch according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.
- The President arrived in Tokyo after concluding his five-day state visit to the Philippines.
- The president visited a Buddhist temple in Tokyo where he planted a Bodhi sapling, which he carried from India.
- This is the first presidential visit to Japan from India after a gap of 29 years.
Rajnath Singh inaugurates ‘Col Chewang Rinchen Setu’ in eastern Ladakh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on inaugurated ‘Col Chewang Rinchen Setu’, a strategically important bridge, over Shyok river in Ladakh region.
- The 430-meter-long bridge has been built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and connects Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldie in Eastern Ladakh.
- It will not only provide all-weather connectivity in the region but also be a strategic asset in the border areas.
- The construction has been completed in record 15 months.
- Col Chewang Rinchen, born on November 11, 1931, at Sumur, Nubra Valley in Ladakh region, is known as the “Lion of Ladakh” for his extraordinary acts of courage in defending Leh and Partapur sector.
Union Culture Minister launches E-Portal, YouTube Channel of CCRT
Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel launched the E-Portal of Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, CCRT ‘Digital Bharat Digital Sanskriti’ and CCRT YouTube Channel in New Delhi.
- This will enable the dissemination of cultural education through digital interactive medium into the classrooms all over the country.
- The Minister specifically stressed that each and every child has a latent talent which needs to be identified.
- CCRT should provide a platform for specifically dropout children so that they can join the mainstream and pursue their dreams.
Defence Ministry clears indigenous projects worth Rs 3300 crore
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired defence minister Rajnath Singh gave the nod for procurement of indigenous defence equipment worth Rs 3300 crore to give a push to the Make in India’ initiative.
- The three projects, which got the go-ahead, include two third-generation anti-tank guided missiles and the auxiliary power units for the T-72 and T-90 tanks.
- The third-generation anti-tank guided missiles would provide ‘fire and forget’ and ‘top attack’ capabilities to the troops in an armoured battle.
- The third indigenous project pertains to discrete electronic warfare (EW) systems for the mountain and high altitude terrain, which would be designed and developed by DRDO and manufactured by design cum production partner from the Indian industry.
Government launches BHIM 2.0
In a major thrust for the digital and cashless payments ecosystem in India, the Central government launched the BHIM 2.0 Universal Payments Interface (UPI).
- Developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in 2016, the BHIM 2.0 comes loaded with a host of functionalities, including support for additional languages, and also enhanced transaction limits.
- The new version of BHIM supports three additional languages – Konkani, Bhojpuri and Haryanvi – over and above the existing 13.
- The new developments in the application also include options of investing and applying in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), gifting of money, linking multiple bank accounts etc.
- The application also comes equipped with a dedicated gateway for donations.
Rajasthan Royals appoints Andrew McDonald as new head coach
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals have appointed Australian coach and cricketer Andrew Barry McDonald as new head coach for a tenure of three years.
- The former Australian all-rounder has outstanding credentials and has coached Leicestershire, Victoria, and the Melbourne Renegades.
- The 38-year-old played four Tests for Australia, had guided Victoria to the title win in Sheffield Shield in his first year as senior coach.
- McDonald has been a part of the IPL in the past and has played for Delhi Daredevils in 2009 IPL before being signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012-2013.
India off to a good start at World Military Games in China
In Boxing, World Championships silver medallist Amit Panghal won his opening bout in the men’s flyweight (52kg) category as the boxers gave India a good start in the 7th CISM World Military Games in Wuhan, China.
- Panghal beat Douglas Andrade of Brazil 4-1, while Chirag (56kg) defeated Zambia’s Katanga Christopher 5-0.
- India had sent a contingent of 54 participants in nine sports, Archery, boxing, diving, modern pentathlon, shooting, track and field, gymnastics and tennis in the competition.
- A total of 9,308 military personnel from 109 countries are competing in the World Military Games.